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Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art, Second Editionby Robert J. Lang
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The magnum opus of one of the world 's leading origami artists, the second edition of Origami Design Secrets reveals the underlying concepts of origami and how to create original origami designs. Containing step-by-step instructions for 26 models, this book is not just an origami cookbook or list of instructions it introduces the fundamental building blocks of origami, building up to advanced methods such as the combination of uniaxial bases, the circle/river method, and tree theory. With corrections and improved illustrations, this new expanded edition also covers uniaxial box pleating, introduces the new design technique of hex pleating, and describes methods of generalizing polygon packing to arbitrary angles.
With coverage spanning the foundations of origami construction and advanced methods using both paper and pencil and custom-built free software, Origami Design Secrets helps readers cultivate the intuition and skills necessary to develop their own designs. It takes them beyond merely following a recipe to crafting a work of art.
Book News Annotation:
For most of the 15 or so centuries of folded-paper art, the figures were created by intuition and trial-and-error, says Lang, and even most modern instruction books only demonstrate how to fold particular figures. He, however, developed a mathematical method that he has used to create over 500 figures, and shares that foundation here. His topics include building blocks, grafting, circle packing, tree theory, and hybrid bases. Along the way, he describes how to make 26 figures. No date is cited for the first edition. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Written by the world-renowned origamist Robert J. Lang, this work presents the mathematical and design principles used to create original origami. Drawing on his own designs, the author illustrates the techniques with folding instructions. Highly advanced models are included at the end of the book. This second edition presents several new chapters on polygon packing and box pleating as well as improved illustrations throughout.
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